Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the entire sole of the foot makes contact with the ground. Generally harmless, flat feet are common in children until they develop an arch at about age 6. To check for flat feet, observe the inner part of the foot while standing. If it is flat on the floor, you have flat feet. While usually not problematic, some may experience pain, stiffness, or wear on their shoes. Treatments often include wearing supportive shoes, insoles, stretches, and painkillers but rarely require surgery. Causes can vary, from genetic predisposition to conditions affecting muscles and nerves. If you experience foot pain, stiffness, or balance issues, even if the condition is only in one foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can suggest treatment options for relief.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
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